Joseph Francis Ives  | Star #1254

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 3 years, 7 months*

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 5, 14th Precinct - Kensington

District of Incident (Present Day): 005 - Calumet

Location of Occurrence: 111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue

Cause of Death: Struck - By Train

Age at Time of Death: 38


Date of Birth: 1857

Date of Appointment: Apr 1892

Date of Incident: 07 Nov 1895

End of Watch: 07 Nov 1895

Date of Interment:


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Oak Woods Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # A-3

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 6

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 27

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 13-W: 17

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman John L. V. Blomberg, Star #922, aged 38 years, was a 3 year, 7 month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 5, 14th Precinct – Kensington.

On November 7, 1895, at 3:00 p.m., Officer Blomberg, was on duty at the Pullman Crossing of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, located at 111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. Officer Blomberg was directing passengers disembarking from a Southbound train. While standing on the northbound track, he did not see engine 215 as it approached the station. Not recognizing the perilous position he was in until it was too late, the train struck him before he could move out of its way. He taken to Rolstons Pullman Casino Building where he died a short time later on November 7, 1895.

Officer Blomberg was laid to rest in Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Officer John L. V. Blomberg, born in 1857, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in April, 1892.

Officer Blomberg was survived by his wife and three children.

Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database case not found for this incident.